National Health Consultation Held in Ottawa
Health Minister Rona Ambrose joined the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation, chaired by Dr. David Naylor, in a dialogue about the current state of innovation in healthcare at a consultation session with national stakeholder groups in Ottawa.
Minister Ambrose spoke of the importance of providing access to high quality care for all Canadians. She also talked about the need to work together across all sectors of society to harness the potential of innovation in healthcare and improve and sustain the healthcare system.
The Panel was created in June 2014 and has been exploring the top areas of health innovation in Canada and abroad and hopes to identify ways in which the Federal Government can support areas of innovation that hold the greatest promise for the sustainability of our healthcare system. The Panel has been holding consultations across Canada and will continue to do so over the coming months. A final report by the Panel is expected in late May 2015.
National Health and Fitness Day
Making Canada the fittest nation in the world is the goal of new legislation to designate the first Saturday in June as National Health and Fitness Day. Led by MP John Weston, Chair of the Parliamentary Fitness Initiative, this initiative sprung off the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as a plan to mobilize the spirit of the games and leave behind a legacy of improved health for all Canadians. Over the last few years, MP Weston has worked with Senator Nancy Greene Raine to involve a large number of MPs and Senators in this initiative. This past week, Bill S-211 was passed unanimously by the House at Third Reading and now awaits Royal Assent.
CIHR Health Researcher of the Year Award Given to Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky
Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky, Vice-President of Research at the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, has been awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Researcher of the Year award.
The award was in recognition of Dr. Slutsky’s contributions to improving the health of Canadians. By combining his expertise in engineering and medicine, and applying it to patient-oriented work, Dr. Slutsky has improved approaches to pulmonary care and critical care, ultimately saving the lives of many.
The Health Researcher of the Year award was created to honour and recognize an outstanding Canadian researcher who has demonstrated a high degree of innovation, creativity, leadership and dedication in health research.